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What significance did former administrator Frances X. Taylor have on TSA?

It's not clear what significance Francis X. Taylor had on the TSA. Though Taylor was highly involved in America's response to the 9/11 attacks, he was not, until 2015, ever in charge of the TSA. When he was in charge, it was only for around a month and it was only as an acting head. It's hard to argue that in that short time span, an unconfirmed official could or would make any kind of critical impact.

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Francis Xavier Taylor built up formidable leadership, security, foreign policy, and anti-terrorist credentials during a military career that lasted from 1970 when he entered the United States Air Force as a second lieutenant until 2001 when he retired as a brigadier general. During his thirty-one years of service in the...

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Francis Xavier Taylor built up formidable leadership, security, foreign policy, and anti-terrorist credentials during a military career that lasted from 1970 when he entered the United States Air Force as a second lieutenant until 2001 when he retired as a brigadier general. During his thirty-one years of service in the military, he accrued significant experience in criminal investigations and counterintelligence operations, skills which he was able to successfully parlay into a post-military political career.

In July of 2001, Taylor was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the US State Department. The role, deemed both an ambassador-at-large and an Assistant Secretary, was created in 1976 to head the Bureau of Counterterrorism, which combats terrorist acts against Americans around the world. His specific duties included implementing official government counterterrorism policy overseas and coordinating responses to terrorist activities.

One of Taylor's most formidable challenges would arise just two months after his appointment to the position when, on September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked both New York and Washington, resulting in nearly 3,000 American deaths. During this time, Taylor served as a key aide and counselor to both the President and Secretary of State Colin Powell, working to form a coalition of anti-terrorism organizations and helping to craft bold, forceful anti-terrorism policies for the protection of all Americans, some of which ultimately lead to the formation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in November of 2001.

Considering his qualifications, the Department of Homeland Security under the Obama Administration later appointed Taylor as Acting Administrator of the TSA for a short period in 2015 while he was serving as Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis.

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It’s unclear what direct significance Francis X. Taylor had on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Keep in mind, the TSA was created after the attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. Before the TSA, there was no single entity overseeing airport security.

Taylor was never an official head of the TSA. However, from June 4, 2015 to July 3, 2015, he appears to have been the acting head of the TSA. It's hard to reason that during that one month Taylor could have implemented any critical policies.

It seems like Taylor's significance has less to do with the domestic duties of keeping American airplane passengers safe and more to do with international relations.

Shortly after 9/11, George W. Bush, the president at the time, made Taylor Coordinator for Counterterrorism for the Department of State. This position sent Taylor around the world as he sought to gain support for America's upcoming war with Afghanistan.

In 2002, Taylor became Head of Diplomatic Security. This position involved Taylor ensuring the safety of all foreign visitors to the United States.

In both positions, we see how Taylor's role could impact the TSA. Yet until 2015, Taylor's main concern was the war in Afghanistan and protecting foreign ambassadors. Again, those things could have impacted how the TSA was run, but any big change in TSA policy wouldn't be because of Taylor, it'd be because of whoever was running the TSA at the time.

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